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Will Hyundai Add Truck to Lineup?

AUTOS: Fountain Valley HQ hopes for OK from South Korea

This week’s Orange County International Auto Show might mark the final appearance of the Hyundai Santa Cruz as a concept vehicle and raise the curtain on a new era for the brand’s Fountain Valley-based U.S. operations.

New Spectrum-Area Event Facility Puts on the Glitz

ECONOMY: Gensler-designed center to have capacity for 1,000

A longtime area special-events producer is pulling out all the stops for a meeting and events venue that’s being built in the Irvine Spectrum.

Kia Sets Up for Touchdown With New Sorento Ads

Spots Take Advantage Of Biggest Primetime View

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is promoting its 2016 Sorento crossover in a new marketing campaign that’s airing during “NBC Sunday Night Football” broadcasts.

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UCI Campaign Hits $1B

University of California-Irvine said at its annual UCI Medal Awards ceremony Saturday that it had reached its goal of $1 billion in gifts and pledges for a 10-year capital campaign that started in 2005.

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Dana Point Firm Has 5% Stake in LA Times’ Parent

Dana Point-based hedge fund Mount Flag Media Investment LLC recently disclosed it has acquired a 5% stake in Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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OC Weekly Moves to TechSpace

OC Weekly has moved its office to TechSpace Costa Mesa at 3420 Bristol Street, a shift of about two miles that came after its lease for a larger space on Red Hill Avenue expired.

Wang’s Way

Business Failure Led Vizio Co-founder to ‘Innovate Myself Out of This Situation’

William Wang owes as much to his failures as his successes.

Sunstone Gets $26.5M for Purchasing Portal

An affiliate of Aliso Viejo-based Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. got $26.5 million on the sale of the hotel REIT’s online purchasing portal for hospitality products and services to Avendra LLC in Rockville, Md.

New Chefs, Enriched Eateries Offer Fresh Opportunities

Bistro Comes Into Its Own, Plus OC’s Best Indian Food

I mentioned two months ago that Little Sparrow in downtown Santa Ana had parted ways with its chef.

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Supervisors Consider $101M Airport Contract

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled at its Oct. 6 meeting to vote on awarding a four-year contract for $101.8 million to Swinerton Builders in Irvine to refurbish and seismically retrofit buildings and terminals at John Wayne Airport.

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10 OCers on Forbes List

Ten members of the Business Journal’s annual OC’s Wealthiest list made the recent Forbes 400 list, which ranks the wealthiest Americans by estimated net worth.

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Fisker Changes Name to Karma

The former Fisker Automotive and Technology Group is now Karma Automotive.

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JWA August Traffic Almost 1 Million

John Wayne Airport saw some 937,000 passengers in August and is on track to top 10 million total for the year.

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NextVR to Stream Democratic Debate

Laguna Beach-based startup NextVR will stream the Democratic presidential debate next month in Las Vegas on CNN, adding to its list of firsts in the developing virtual reality segment.

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JWA’s Wedge to Newport Beach & Co.

John Wayne Airport spokesperson Jenny Wedge plans to take a similar role at destination marketer Newport Beach & Co.